CNNGo in Dubai: The extravagant edition
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In addition to the city's obsession with gold (think 24K gold facial treatments), the gravity-defying and extravagant experiences to be found in Dubai have proven its appellation "City of Gold" true.
From skydiving in Palm Islands to the city's first desert conversation reserve, CNNGo explores the luxurious side of travel in Dubai this month.
Al Maha Resort, Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve
The Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve is the first in the country and only area protected by law.
The purpose of the national park is to protect several endangered species -- including the white Arabian oryx, which is indigenous to the Arabian Gulf.
The Al Maha Resort is an eco-friendly hotel complex based within the national park.
At.Mosphere Bar, Burj Khalifa:
Situated on the 123rd floors of the Burj Khalifa -- the world's tallest building -- At.Mosphere Bar reveals spectacular views across the whole city of Dubai.
At.Mosphere Bar, 122-3F, Emaar Boulevard, Burj Khalifa, Dubai; +971 4 888 3444
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Dubai Creek/ Gold Souk
One of the oldest and most established areas of the city, the creek has been used for hundreds of years as a crossroads for trading between east and west.
Iranian trading boats sail alongside local water taxis, or "abras." This area is one of the most densely populated in the UAE and many nationalities from different parts of the world live here.
Locals call this area the heart of the city.
Dubai is known as the "Gold City" and the abundance of jewelry shops in the gold souk allow the Emirate to live up to that name.
Gold and diamond jewelry can be bought here and it's a popular site for visitors to the country.
Gold Souk, Deira District, Dubai
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La Petit Maison, Dubai International Financial Centre
DIFC is the Canary Wharf or Wall Street of Dubai.
Within its gleaming walls are the world's largest financial institutions.
It also contains some of the finest restaurants in Dubai, one of which is "Le Petit Maison," recently voted one of the best restaurants in the world.
During the financial crisis in 2009, DIFC became locally known as Dubai International Food Court because though many of the businesses had to shut, the restaurants remained.
La Petit Maison, Gate Village 08, Dubai International Financial Centre, Dubai; +971 4439 0505; opens daily from noon-3:30 p.m., 7-11:30 p.m.; bar opens daily from 1 p.m.-midnight
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Thrill seekers enjoy falling through the sky over Dubai's man made palm tree shaped island -- the Palm Jumeirah.
The spectacular views and sunshine make Dubai's skydive experience one of the most popular attractions in the Emirate.
Skydive Dubai, Skydive Dubai, Palm Islands (+971 50 153 3222) or Skydive Dubai the Desert Campus (+971 50 154 2992)
Abdulla Al Kaabi, filmmaker
Simone Heng, TV and radio presenter
Nadine Kanso, jewelry designer – ‘Bil Arabi”/photographer
Samantha Wood, founder, Foodiva.Net
Andrew Gibson, bassist, Juliana Down
Dia Hassan, vocalist/guitarist, Juliana Down
“Control” -- Juliana Down
“This is the World” -- Kamal Musallam
“Desoriental” -- Kamal Musallam
“Good for Nothing” -- Juliana Down
“Blues for Elie” -- Kamal Musallam
“Rimma” -- Kamal Musallam
“Blues for Elie” -- Kamal Musallam
“Out of My City” -- Kamal Musallam
“Hollowman” -- Juliana Down
“Dancing Horses” -- Kamal Musallam
“Bint el Shalabia” -- Kamal Musallam
“Rush” -- Juliana Down